This page lists the confirmed breakout sessions at the 2022 Literacy Texas Annual Conference with the primary topic of Instructional Theory, Methodology, & Research. Secondary topics are listed with each session.
Building a Reflective Teaching Practice
Teaching and tutoring require a lot of practice! But it’s important that we build systems that help us see how we’re doing and where we can bolster our effectiveness as educators.
In this training, we’ll learn what it means to be reflective about our work and what it would look like to teach reflectively. We’ll also discuss how a reflective teaching practice can increase social change and equitability in our education community.
Back to the Basics: Improving Student Learning Through Delivery of Instruction
Many of us working in adult education were trained to teach children. However, adult students have a variety of experiences, making some learned instructional strategies not as effective.
In this presentation you will learn the basics of adult learning theory, and we’ll talk about differentiated instruction as a reflection of adult learning theory, including how it can improve adult learner outcomes.
And I promise, I’ll do my best to make this entertaining!
Brain Hacks: Teaching Moves that Deepen Understanding and Strengthen Recall
There’s a lot of murky “brain-based” teaching advice floating around out there. This session will seek to dispel some common neuromyths.
It will then present several proven, research-based instructional strategies that teachers can begin using in their lessons right away to strengthen learning. With each strategy, participants will also explore an EdTech tool they can use to facilitate that instructional move in the classroom.
Presenter: Michele Vick
Organization: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL)
Barbara Bush National Action Plan for Adult Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation launched a National Action Plan for Adult Literacy in late 2021, with 5 strategic initiatives designed to address the challenge of low literacy in the US while redefining and re-energizing the field in the post-pandemic world.
The collaborative plan outlines a 5-pronged national response:
- Raising awareness
- Expanding research
- Supporting instructors
- Catalyzing innovation
- Engaging adult learners as movement leaders.
Come explore the new national plan together.